34 x 24 cm | 12 x 8 in
Original painting in oil, enamel and varnish on paper.
"Capturing the woodlands of Benmore and how the pasture acts as a decorative agent as opposed to a natural one. Used as a centre for entertainment and education, the gardens become a calculated sight of attraction and are preened and maintained for the curiosity of tourists. Which begs the question - is a curated nature more visually appealing than one unfiltered from man-made manufacturing? Or is it a reflection on what an individual wants from an idyllic place and how an organisation will tend to the needs of its audience by the use of maintenance and appealing to the mass public's idea of a desired place?"
Nina Goldsmiths work revolves around the sense of belonging. The lost landscapes of forgotten buildings and far away countryside allude to connections between people and place, of identifying with somewhere. The landscapes seem both visceral and universal, the use of texture reaches out and burnishes our senses. Vivid colours and dark shadows give a sense of depth, both physically and emotionally. There is an emotional charge within each piece in regards to the intimacy of recognising a place as somewhere full of memories - however banal. Perhaps this is why the graffiti on the wall in the ‘Searching and Finding’ study provokes a sense of, not only abandonment, but of being found again.